You are at the web site of Unit 203 of the American Contract Bridge League, the Southern Michigan Bridge Association (SOMBA). Welcome. SOMBA supervises and works to promote bridge in southeastern Michigan. SOMBA hosts several tournaments each year, including the Valentine Sectional in February, the Wolverine Regional in May, the Apple Cider Sectional in November and the Spooktakular 0-199er Sectional in October. The unit also produces The SOMBA Echo, a newsletter keeping its members informed of current events and milestones in the area along with articles on bridge bidding and play. SOMBA, in conjunction with The Michigan Bridge Association (Unit 137) also produces a Bridge Directory listing the members of each unit and the active bridge clubs in the area.
Apple Cider Sectional
Nov 12th at
Nov 13-16 at
Wm. Costick Center
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MBA‐SOMBA JOINT MEMBER DIRECTORY
2014 SOMBA Election Ballots in Mail
NOTE: The Michigan Bridge Association (MBA), and Southern Michigan Bridge Association (SOMBA), American Contract Bridge League (ACBL) units 137 and 203, respectively, are launching a joint MemberDirectory. The initial plan is to provide the directory online, to be posted on the SOMBA website with a link on the District 12 website. The online directory will be accessible by MBA and SOMBA members on the inputting of their ACBL numbers. In addition, we may later print the directory and distribute it to members of MBA and SOMBA.
If you wish to have your phone numbers and/or email address
appear in the directory, you must fill out, sign, date and submit this form.
Click here for Form.
Please Exercise Your Civic Duty by Voting
I am excited to report that we have excellent selection of candidates to choose from this year for you. The races could be very tight and it behooves everyone to take a moment and ponder over the candidates before making your selections and mailing in your ballot. Printers have made a mistake such that a voting member can be recognized by the tabulator and hence this person will know who the member voted for. Since it is extremely important to preserve the sanctity of the process and have an absolute trust in Bob Chekaluk, he will safeguard and maintain ballots in a sealed form until his team of independent assistants will help break the seals and tabulate them.
There is no need to put your name or ACBL Number outside as the sender.
Check with your post office if sending your ballot without senders address is ok.
Make sure you seal your ballot by taping such that the selections are not visible.
Vote for no more than 8 candidates. If you do, your ballot is invalid.
Ballots should preferably be postmarked earlier than Nov 6 so they may reach Bob Chekaluk
Voting will continue at the Apple Cider Tournament until 12 Noon on Sunday Nov 16.
There will be a ballot box there for you to drop your ballot.
Ballots sent to Bob Chekaluk will be safeguarded until the last day without breaking the seal.
Bob, and Bob alone, will select a few independent people to assist on that morning and go to a private corner or room to break the seals and tabulate the ballots.
The winner of the top eight will be announced during the lunch break.
Good luck one and all....
Keeping You Informed
Monday, May 12, 2014
SOMBA Board Election
SOMBA Election year 2014: Those who are willing to give back to the game what it has given them in enjoyable social pleasures, it is time to send your brief bio data, no later than Aug 1, 2014 with your digital frontal photo (head, neck, and shoulders only). One important requirement is availability of time for Board Meetings, Tournaments, and Committee work. We are especially looking for candidates with computer and or writing skills. Please call if you have any questions.
Your Pair Results at SOMBA tournaments is delivered to your email and/or mobile device immediately following a game! Signing up is easy! Just email your ACBL # (typed in the subject line) to: FastResultsHelpDesk@gmail.com or text your Last Name and ACBL # to (313) 800-1790. There is also a web interface: http://www.BridgeFinesse.com/FastResults/D12
District 12 Partnership Desk
We are testing a new computer system that allows you to register your name, and indicate that you are looking for a partner or partners for a specific event. It has safeguards built-in to protect your privacy. You must indicate the system that you prefer. The system verifies your number of masterpoints so that no one inflates their masterpoints to secure a partnership. If someone else is looking for a partnership, and they want to take a chance on you, then the system helps them contact you. You can try the system by going to the following website: http://www.bridgefinesse.com/D12PDeskIndex Once you choose a specific tournament, then it allows you to look at a tutorial that fully explains the system so that you will be able to use it effectively. Let us know what you think.
The 2013 SOMBA Trophy Awards
Mini-McKenney RaceThe SOMBA leaders in the 2014 Mini-McKenney race as of 5/6/14 are:
Ace of Clubs Race
The SOMBA leaders in the 2014 Ace of Clubs race as of 5/6/14 are:
Bridge Connection Moves to New Location
The Bridge Connection, one of the top 50 clubs in ACBL, will be moving to 26776 West 12 Mile (northwest corner of Northwestern Hwy. and 12 Mile Rd.). The first game at the new location will be Monday, May 19th at noon. It will be the site for the first MBA-SOMBA joint sectional tournament in June, 2014. Congratulations and best wishes to Grant Petersen and Mike McDonald.
Allan Tushman Retires from Updating this Website
SOMBA would like to acknowledge and thank
Allan Tushman for the great work that he did over the past three years in being the primary designer of
this web page. He wrote some articles, edited many more articles from Posh or other writers, and then provided the layouts to our web tech for posting the content to our web.
He has moved on to other activities, leaving us with a void to fill.
Editor's Comments: During my short tenure of friendship, I learned to respect Allan immensely as a very very talented, classy and well rounded individual.
One word comes to my mind when I think of him these days, namely pride and then some more pride.
His entire stint with us has been filled with examples of the same pride in his writings as well as his dealings with others in our southern
Michigan bridge community. If you do not agree please check out his Facebook
bridge group page that he authors.
SOMBA and MBA Working Together
It has been a crazy and brutal winter for us. We lived through the snowiest and one of the coldest winters in Detroit in the last 133 years.
During that time, there was a very definite thaw in the relations between the two local units. The historic agreement between SOMBA and MBA will benefit the bridge community for years to come. For starters, we will have a first ever Joint MBA-SOMBA sectional in June 2014 at the Bridge Connection in Southfield (see flyer in SOMBA website). The two units will run it on alternate years and share all costs and responsibilities. In addition, MBA will hold two other sectionals at the Bridge Connection and a third in January in Ann Arbor. Another breakthrough is the “open door policy” at each other’s board meetings. When I was invited to attend MBA’s board meeting, it was a first in 50 years (according to Marty Hirschman). Recently, Marty attended our board meeting.
The final paragraph of the joint agreement reads, Over the ensuing two years, we are committed to continuing our joint discussions on a regular basis toward achieving a more harmonious, cohesive relationship and a detailed and comprehensive agreement between the two units. On Nov 12, 2012, I requested Dick Temkin to meet me regularly to find solutions to the occasional tensions existing between the two units and also consider their requests to permit sectionals in our territory. The final agreement was the culmination of 1-1 “secret” meetings of the two presidents over a period of 12 months. A sense of urgency developed when the matter of availability of the Bridge Connection site came to the forefront, both boards decided it was time for action after considerable debate and discussions.
I honestly urge the doubters amongst us to endorse this agreement by offering constructive ideas to further this new partnership for the betterment of ALL in the southern Michigan bridge community in the years ahead. Welcome to the Wolverine Regional during these exciting times for us.
SOMBA President – Karl Reibel
I played on Tuesday nights for 17 years at Fern and Bill Richmond’s game at Oakland University with
Glenn Blenkenhorn. One evening, I picked up a hand with seven hearts AKQ9865 and breezed into a 6-hearts slam in spite of some discouragement from Glenn.
Our opponents were Kay Clinton and Betty Pope. Glenn had a singleton heart and when I led the Ace, Betty showed out.
My heart sank! Then I recalled B.J. Becker’s bridge column in the Royal Oak Tribune …
"the key to execute a trump coup was to shorten the trump holding to that of your opponent, then strip all exit cards for the end play."
So I trumped a good trick to arrive at this position:
For many years SOMBA was awarded one regional every other year while MBA had an annual regional. For many reasons I thought SOMBA should have a regional every year so our players could earn more gold points. At an ACBL district meeting in Saginaw, ACBL had decided to award a senior regional on alternate years to a unit in Michigan. So several SOMBA board members attended the meeting, and I was able to make a pitch for the senior regional. At that first senior regional, we were short of caddies so Louise and other members acted as caddies. I overheard a woman at the tournament saying, "Isn’t that nice to have senior caddies at a senior regional”.
Karl still maintains his law office at home in Bloomfield Hills these days, and looks forward to seeing his sons and daughters and grandchildren. SOMBA salutes Karl for his dedicated services over the years with a Gold Star.
Posh’s commentary: My personal memory of Karl to this day is that he was hard working, very well organized and sincere in his approach whether he was directing a game or running the board. He and Louise were very supportive of the younger players. He should be remembered as no nonsense and all business kind of past SOMBA President who made significant contributions during his tenure by employing methodologies of honesty and directness. Karl, I wish you good health, happiness and peace in your semi(?) retirement. Let me know when you are having a retirement party!!
Bill Landrum (LandrumWm@comcast.net)
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